Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cellulitis

If you know what that word means, I'm sorry.
Jake & I have spent a good portion of the last 24 hours in the ER because we now know what Cellulitis means. He has a nasty serious biological infection in his foot and it is FREAKY.
He stepped on something at work about a week ago, one of the security tags they attach to clothing. It was hardly anything. Like a pin prick.
Two days later, he thought he had Athlete's Foot so we picked up some stuff at Freddy's.
Two days after that we went to the doctor because his foot was swelling and turning red. The doctor told us that it was a bacterial infection and put Jake on Bactrim. The next day Jake woke up covered in a wicked rash and his foot was worse- We now know he has a severe allergy to Bactrim.
Jake saw the doctor again, got on a different antibiotic, and his foot still got worse.
By this time his ankle was swollen and the redness was creeping up his leg, and the original spot was turning kinda purple.
So we went to the ER. They gave us a handout on Cellulitis, and it's one nasty wicked infection. Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissue caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal bacteria. It damages skin tissues, can cause abscesses and it spreads quickly. It can be life-threatening. In other words, if this thing doesn't start getting better Jake could die from stepping on a Security tag...
We've had to go back to the ER every 7 hours for them to inject a serious antibiotic into an IV... We're gonna have to keep going back every 7 hours for the next 3 to 4 days. So, we're not sleeping so much.
He still really shouldn't be driving, so he can't go alone. My mom's watching the girls and they are kinda pathetic.
If his foot doesn't look better tonight when we go in another hour they're going to admit him. It would almost be easier than the repeat visits!
Jake's all calm about this and I'm freaking out! This thing is really quite frightening to me. I don't want him to lose his foot. I don't want him to die. They are being aggressive at the ER, so I know he's in good hands. And God's in control, but that doesn't mean something I don't want to happen won't happen.
Please God, watch over Jake. Heal his body. Give the doctors wisdom. Keep him safe.

1 comment:

The Renzntzman said...

Scary! Keep us updated. We added Jake to the prayer list at church.